Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and The Egyptian Telephone Company (ETC), a supplier of telecom equipment and services throughout Egypt, the Middle East and North Africa, today announced that the companies have signed a worldwide commercial CDMA subscriber unit license agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Qualcomm has granted ETC a license under its CDMA patent portfolio to develop, manufacture and distribute cdmaOne™ and CDMA2000® 1X/1xEV-DO subscriber units. The royalties payable by ETC are at Qualcomm's standard worldwide rates and are the same irrespective of the CDMA standard for which the subscriber units are sold.
“Qualcomm is pleased to enter into this agreement with ETC, a company that has the marketing capabilities to expand CDMA into Egypt and other markets of the Middle East and Africa,” said Marvin Blecker, president of technology licensing for Qualcomm. “This license agreement will allow ETC to expand its product offerings and strengthen its position in the growing worldwide CDMA market.”
“It will be critical for ETC to have the ability to provide CDMA solutions that support the need for advanced voice and data communications in the Middle East and Africa,” said Sherif Hamed, COO and deputy CEO of ETC. “Through our licensing agreement with Qualcomm, we can now offer consumers products with high-quality capabilities and features that will enrich their wireless experience.”
“With the anticipated introduction of CDMA technology into Egypt, ETC expects to be a primary supplier of fixed wireless terminals into that market, in addition to the the rest of the Middle East and Africa,” said Dr. Tawfik Bardai, member of the executive committee of ETC. “ETC expects to receive an order of approximately 200,000 CDMA lines in the near future.”
The Egyptian Telephone Company was acquired by NTC/Hatif Group in 2000 as part of the privatization program carried out by the Egyptian government. Over the last four and a half years, ETC installed over 800,000 subscriber lines in Egypt, Iraq and Algeria. ETC also supplied Telecom Egypt with four million telephone sets. ETC manufactures distribution cabinets under license from Korona and MDF, as well as over voltage over current protection under license from 3M. These products were exported worldwide, including China and Pakistan.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company's CDMA digital technology. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in the S&P 500 Index and is a 2005 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.
Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the Company's ability to successfully design and have manufactured significant quantities of CDMA components on a timely and profitable basis, the extent and speed to which CDMA is deployed, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 26, 2004, and most recent Form 10-Q.